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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Equal love and the Labor Party

Yesterday my local Canberra legislature made same sex civil partnership ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory legally binding. This is not marriage equality but it is a step in that direction.

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New business venture

In the light of the rather inaccurate shoe throwing attempt at our former racist Prime Minister John Howard, I am thinking of setting up a new business – how to improve your shoe throwing

Rudd’s Howard continuity: tax cuts for the rich

The HowRudd Government is giving CEOs at least an extra $41 a week in tax cuts, but has nothing for those earning less than $34,000. That is Labor for you.

Costello quits: changing of the guard in the house of reaction

This is Costello’s legacy – the threat of unemployment, attacks on wages and conditions and an economy teetering towards oblivion.

The ACTU: a gutless, gormless gabble of gallnuts

The union leadership’s own internal advice shows conclusively that Rudd’s industrial relations laws are WorkChoices lite and breach ILO standards.

The Peter Garrett Good Government Guide – An Oily Analysis

Ive used the lyrics from some of Midnight Oil’s songs to measure the worth of the Rudd Government.  Peter Garrett is (or technically was) the Oils’ lead singer. They have re-formed briefly for some bushfire relief concerts this weekend. Garrett’s day job is as the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in Rudd’s Labor Government. Here are some […]

Flag-waving mobs in violent racist attacks

The terrifying racist attacks in Manly, and Cronulla before that, are the result of ten years of hard work by John Howard’s Liberal government – with more than a little help from his friends and the tame cat “opposition” of the Labor Party. Jerome Small in Socialist Alternative analyses where this flag waving racism comes from.

The hazards of the burn off argument

Dr Don Driscoll, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, has an interesting letter in the Canberra Times criticising ‘the burn off will prevent extreme fires’ argument. He describes the ‘calls for more land clearing and fuel reduction burning’ as ‘reactionary’ and ‘muddleheaded’. Why?